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Case Western Reserve University School of Law

We'll challenge you with an innovative curriculum that combines the best of classical legal education with cutting-edge experiential opportunities. No matter what area of law you choose to pursue or how you personalize your experience, you'll know that a solid J.D. program is at the core of your legal education.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 573
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.1 - 3.6
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.55%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86.0%
Tuition $44,620

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About Case Western Reserve University School of Law

We'll challenge you with an innovative curriculum that combines the best of classical legal education with cutting-edge experiential opportunities. No matter what area of law you choose to pursue or how you personalize your experience, you'll know that a solid J.D. program is at the core of your legal education.

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Well known for its professional schools and status as a world-class research institution, Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law only fortifies the school’s reputation. All students follow the school’s unique practical legal curriculum, CaseARC, which one student calls “the greatest strength of our school.” This integrated skills program brings together legal theory and fundamental practice skills with traditional classroom meth­ods, putting students in the role of a practicing lawyer. Second and third year students have a wide discretion in selecting their courses, and with seven areas of concentration and 10 dual-degree and certificate programs, there are many choices, and there is “not much difficulty in getting into any class you'd like.” The law clinic, which allows stu­dents to handle a broad range of civil, criminal, health, and business matters “is the greatest experience I've had in law school,” according to one student. It “really increases the value of the classroom experience.” “Few law schools mandate so many practical courses, and provide so many elective options in various specialty areas.”Beyond the strength of the academics and the great “breadth of its specialty programs and classes,” the school has a “highly respected” faculty that “provide a first-rate legal education,” though a few students mention their experience is “lacking in one on one attention.” All of the professors have at least a decade of experience in practice, and the faculty boasts attorneys with backgrounds from the WTO, World Bank, and corporate law, as well as “national public sector international scholars.” Most professors are “excel­lent teachers who match up well against the best in any of [the] top tier law school[s],” and “lots of them have written the textbooks and know their subjects inside and out.” Many have also moved beyond the traditional Socratic method, in order “to find what works for their subject and students.”Aside from faculty, “the staff clearly cares about the school and the students,” and “the school’s administration is very accessible and knowledgeable.” It “learns from its mis­takes… if something isn't working, they try to fix it.” Research facilities are also “really amazing,” especially “the access to international law information through the War Crimes Portal and through all of the database access in the library.” “I worked on a jour­nal and the librarians were literally the largest sources of knowledge I've ever encoun­tered,” says a student. Truly, it is the school’s curriculum that shines through for students. One student pro­claims, “[It] has allowed me to hit the ground running in my legal summer work.” Another states, “[It] provides opportunities that I know other schools don't,” such as an exchange program with Chinese law schools and “the ability to extern at an interna­tional war crimes tribunal for a semester instead of taking classes.” “When I was par­ticipating in [the international tribunal externship], I had students from Yale, Harvard and Georgetown doing summer internships at the tribunals who were very envious and surprised that we had this opportunity to continue on in the fall for credits.” Some do say that the Career Services Office “needs to improve its relationship between the school and the alumni” and “to focus on expanding its influence into legal markets such as New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.” However, nearly all agree that “Case does a great job of giving students the resources they need to succeed, [and] everything else is (and should be) up to the individual.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 233

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 5

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 33

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 40

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA(Management)- 4 years; JD/MA(Art History & Museum Studies)- 4 years; JD/CNM (Certificate in Nonprofit Management)- 3 years; JD/MSSA(Social Work)- 4 years; JD/MA(Legal History)- 4 years; JD/MA(Bioethics)-4years; JD/MD(Medicine)- 7 years; JD/MPH(Public Health)- 4 years; JD/MS (Biochemistry)- 4 years; JD/MA(Biomedical Ethics)- 4 years; JD/MA(Political Science)- 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 100
Full-Time Faculty 50
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 3
Part-Time Faculty 47
Faculty Gender 68% Male
32% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 68%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 0%
International 10%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $44,620 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,530 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $62,150 $44,620

Financial Aid

86% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$65,960 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $40

Incoming Class

Case Western Reserve University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 161
LSAT Total 156 - 161

Case Western Reserve University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.1 - 3.6
Total 3.1 - 3.6

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#3 Most Competitive Students

U.S. News & World Report

#228 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 75%
First Time Pass Rate 83%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 80
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $65,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 23 16%
Firm Sized 11-25 3 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 7 5%
Business Industry 37 26%
Government 24 17%
Public Interest 17 12%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 4 3%
Academia 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 21 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 9%
DC 10%
OH 47%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Case Western Reserve University School of Law include:

  • Laura Quatela '82 - President, Eastman Kodak Company
  • Mark Weinberger '87 - Global Chairman and CEO-elect, Ernst & Young
  • Capricia Marshall '90 - Ambassador, U.S. Chief of Protocol
  • Martin Gruenberg '79 - Chairman, FDIC
  • Barry M. Meyer '67 - Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment

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